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R.I.P. Willy

By Patrick Van Roy On August 2nd, 2020

Wilford Brimley, Cocoon Star and Face of Quaker Oats Commercials, Dies at 85: ‘One of a Kind’

Wilford Brimley, the film and television actor known for his roles in Cocoon and The Natural, has died. He was 85.

Brimley’s manager Lynda Bensky told CNN and NBC News that he died on Saturday while hospitalized in St. George, Utah. He had been in the ICU receiving treatment for medical problems and was on dialysis.

“Wilford Brimley was a man you could trust. He said what he meant and he meant what he said,” Bensky said. “He had a tough exterior and a tender heart. I’m sad that I will no longer get to hear my friend’s wonderful stories. He was one of a kind.”

Brimley got his start in 1969 with a role in John Wayne’s True Grit and went on to appear in the hit television series The Waltons, as well as Our House. Some of the character actor’s other film credits include The ThingHard Target, and The Firm.

2 scenes from an underrated great film where he had a bit part….. I wish I could find the whole scene.

5 Responses to “R.I.P. Willy”

  1. Paul Newman is really something. He can be the best actor in the scene even when he’s saying nothing and doing nothing.

  2. ain’t that the truth

  3. Surprised he was still alive. He seem old during the 80s Cocoon movies.

  4. he never looked young, you’re right

  5. he never looked young, you’re right

    Seems Cocoon was a documentary after all 🙂